PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix City Manager, Ed Zuercher has announced his retirement after an outstanding 28-years career with the city.
In July 1993, Zuercher began his career as a management intern with the city. He has done a variety of executive roles, from Assistant City Manager to Mayor’s Chief of staff. By October 2013, Zuercher supervised almost 15,000 city employees, the largest council-manager in the United States, after his appointment as the Chief Administrative City Manager.
“As city manager, I have worked hard to place the city on a sound financial footing, to build a strong bench of leaders and employees, and to further sustainable economic growth in the city that I love," Zuecher said.
When Zuecher was appointed as the City Manager, Phoenix was under a $37 million dollar deficit but after eight years, he will leave behind the city a budget surplus of $30 million.
Zuecher sent a note upon his retirement, along with thanks to the Mayor, City Council, each city employee for their work every day, serving the people of Phoenix and trying to create a more diverse, dynamic and desirable Phoenix community. He believes great things lie ahead for Phoenix and will be cheering from the side as a resident.
“It is my hope to be able to thank as many of you as possible between now and October 8 for what you do to serve the residents of Phoenix," Zuecher said.
In Phoenix council-manager form of government, the Mayor and City Council directly hire the city manager position and Zuercher retirement will be effective on October 8, 11 weeks from now. Until then, the Mayor and City Council will hold a recruitment process to find his replacement.
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